High needs funding is intended to provide the most appropriate support package for children and young people (from early years up to aged 25) with special educational needs and disabilities in a range of settings, taking account of parental and student choice.
The key principles for the funding of higher needs pupils are:
- Funding for high needs provision is to be arranged on an equivalent basis across different types of providers, including maintained or academy schools
- This includes pupils and students with high needs in the school or academy, further education and alternative provision sectors
- A 'place-plus' approach to funding in specialist settings is being adopted
How to apply for high needs funding
For children and young people not subject to an Education Heath & Care Plan (EHCP)
To make an application for high needs funding:
Schools - please use the 'Schools-apply' link below. High Needs teams North/West are responsible for schools high needs panel arrangements.
Early years settings - please use the 'Early years high needs funding' links below for North/West Northamptonshire Council as appropriate. The Early Years team are responsible for Early Years high needs panel funding arrangements.
We recommend that you read the instruction page carefully before you begin to complete forms.
High needs funding application forms
The first time you complete a new form you will be asked to create a personal account. You will then be able to view your saved and completed forms once logged in.
If you experience any problems accessing forms, for schools applications, please contact the high needs team:
Make an early years (nursery or childminder) high needs application
This form been replaced by two forms owned by North Northamptonshire Council and West Northamptonshire Council.
North Northamptonshire Council covers the following areas:
- East Northants
Early years high needs - North Northamptonshire Council
West Northamptonshire Council covers the following areas:
- South Northants
Early years high needs - West Northamptonshire Council
Schools high needs applicationMake a schools (including reception) high needs application
The High Needs Panel meets monthly during term-time. They will consider applications from schools for high needs funding for children without an education, health and care plan (EHCP). Each application is discussed to determine whether the child meets high needs criteria in line with the SEN descriptors.
There are 2 decisions types:
- the child meets the criteria for high needs funding
- the child does not meet the criteria for high needs funding
Decisions are notified to schools via email, within 10 working days from the panel date.
The decision notification confirms the funding period and the amount to be funded.
West Northamptonshire Council high needs panel meeting dates 2021 to 2022
|22 January 2022||4 February 2022|
|25 February 2022||11 March 2022|
|25 March 2022||8 April 2022|
|29 April 2022||13 May 2022|
|27 May 2022||10 June 2022|
|24 June 2022||8 July 2022|
North Northamptonshire Council high needs panel is currently suspended. Updates on arrangements will be given as soon as they are available.
All panel decisions will be sent out via Egress secure email to the email address provided on the application form.
Completed applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered in date order, at the closest panel meeting date with capacity.
Please note that applications must be checked and prepared and that panel members require at least 5 working days to review applications prior to the panel meeting.
Applications submitted close to a panel date will therefore be submitted to the next panel.
Schools funding decisions will be notified within 10 working days of the panel date.
For schools, where funding is agreed it will commence from the date automatically generated by the system upon submission of the application form. This date appears in the 'completed by' section at the end of the form.